First let me say the narrator of this book does a wonderful job. I am actually glad I listened to this book because I think I would have hated reading it. The narrator at least brought the characters to life and made a bad story and mediocre writing at least bearable. I should qualify my review by saying this book was written in 1975, so I really tried to keep my opinions in that context. That was a very volatile time in the gay rights movement. As an exposure to that time and the challenges that gay men had to face, I think the book does a great job. However, as a romance/love story I did not enjoy it. Not because the love story wasn’t poignant and beautiful, but because of the direction the author chose to take it. It was like she took the reader on this wonderful ride only to pull the rug out from under us in the end. I realize the “shock” value of what she did, but I really don’t think it was necessary and it seemed almost cruel. Also, in my opinion, the aftermath wasn’t executed well enough to gain the “acclaim” this book seemed to have. Maybe in 1975 it was considered great art, but in 2013 I don't think it survives the test of time. I wish she had just stuck with the gay rights message and not delved into the love story; I think I would have enjoyed it more.
I loved this book!! I'll be honest, I put it off because I had heard "mixed" reviews. I'm happy to say I am clearly in the "loved it" category. Robert and Vy are a great couple. This is not your typical shifter book. It tackles a question you don't often see in shifter books, what are the ramifications if a shifter refuses to shift and does not embrace his animal? What happens to the "soul bond?" I think Ms. Calmes and Ms. Cardeno did an excellent job with the story and the various "control" issues it tackles. And the narrator, Greg Tremblay, just made a good story, great. He delivered such warmth and depth to the characters, that I had a really hard time putting this down. I hope this is not the last we hear from this couple. Definitely worth a credit.
I really enjoyed this short sweet novella. Both Dwyer and Takeo are great characters. This is not your typical romance story arc, as cultural differences are central to the story. Takeo is wonderfully oblivious and brave. My only complaint was that there was not more to the story. I hope we see more of this couple. Greg Tremblay is one of my favorite narrators. He brings such warmth, emotion and depth to his character, it is just marvelous. I don't think I would have liked this book as much if not for his narration.
This was really a nice surprise. I read the first book (not the audio) and honestly didn't like it much. It was the book that explains a lot of the world building that is referenced in this book. I just found it boring b/c the MC was an established couple. It was more about the various cases than a romance. Although some of the characters from that book make an appearance in this one, this is a standalone story.
I enjoyed this 2nd book much more than the 1st. In addition to a strong mm romance, it has multiple layers of mysteries. There are the individual small cases, another mystery about Johnny's secret lover; and then there is a larger over all mystery that ties everything together. It was a really clever way of doing it and it kept me engaged for the entire book. There is also a really strong romance throughout the book. Johnny is a great character, a royal snob with a heart of gold. He has strong insecurities due to being an adopted human in a world of paranormals. However, he always tries to do the "right thing" and in doing, gains a great cast of friend, allies and even a lover. The thing to remember with this book is nothing is as it seems.
Of course Paul Morey does a wonderful job as usual. The only negative was some annoying production errors scattered throughout the book, but didn't take away from my overall enjoyment. Definitely worth a credit.
This was a fantastic listen. Kevin R. Free really knocks this out of the park. He does a perfect Kit and J.X. Now as for the story itself, all I can say is at one point I wanted to strangle Kit. He and J.X. make the big move to live together and Kit is not handling it well. Their relationship really gets tested in this one, especially when Kit does some TSTL stuff. But as always, the writing is great, funny and emotional. There is even a cameo from Adrian and Jake, so great!! I loved it! Definitely worth a credit.
3.5 rounded up b/c the narrator was great. This is not what I thought it would be. It's not really a "space" story, but outer space is the background for the total mind f**k Amy Lane does in this story. It is really a story of how far a young boy's mind will go in order for him to survive. The only negative thing was I didn't really "feel" the romance part with CJ. It was almost an insta love thing. The rest of the story is good, but the romance is sort of the weakest aspect, which is disappointing in an Amy Lane book.
OK, I’ll be honest, the only reason I got this book was b/c Tristan James narrated it. Period. I enjoyed the first book AND the third book well enough, so I thought, oh well,, its Tristan James, he can make everything OK. Boy was I wrong. This book should have hit every “like” I have; hurt/comfort; geek/cop; supportive friends, etc.
And it started out great, I was really excited. What an epic fail that not even Tristan could save. I mean there is “angst” and then there is “angstapolooza” This get into the TSTL category for me at around the 60% mark of continued miscommunication and wrong assumptions. Well the angst went on into the 80% mark of this book. I was ready to pull my hair out. And it wasn’t the plausible miscommunication, no it was the WTF!! type of angst. For example, Ivan is supposed to be this great detective, but honestly, he came off like Inspector Clouseau in this book. Everyone kept “sneaking up on him” just by walking in the room; he got made tailing Parker (the other MC) on a college campus, by Parker; the “bad guy” was obvious to me at about the 25% mark but Ivan didn’t figure it out until there was literally gunman at the door, and that was by accident. WTF?
Parker, who I actually really liked as a character chooses to bury his head in the sand and his insecurities became annoying after a while. He is described as looking like a model, but he still sees himself as the “fat kid” and doesn’t think he is lovable. Now that theme could be great in the right story, but this wasn’t it. Overall, I would say just stick with Book 1 and 3 and just skip this one, unless you like torture.
This is a very hard book to rate b/c it deals with some very heavy issues, childhood abuse. But the book is a YA, told from Kai's POV as an 18 year that reminds of Keanu Reeves in Bill & Ted's Big Adventure. There are a lot of "dudes" and "bros" in the dialogue. That is a little off putting when you are talking about someone helping someone else coming to grips with being molested as a child. But I understand why the author did it; it was a way to speak the language of an 18 year old male who, until he met Jamie, really was a pretty shallow character. But through his attraction to Jamie, Kai grows into a man who really knows how to love with his whole heart. He speaks ("intervenes") to Jamie through his music and together they begin the healing process for Jamie. I don't really agree with the ultimate path taken, but I'm sure it is a path many abuse victims have chosen.
The narrator for this book was fantastic. He really gave voice to both Kai inner dialogue and Jamie's emotional roller coaster. Overall, definitely worth a credit.
This is the 3rd book in this series. It can be read as a stand alone, but it helps to have read the 1st book as Ben and Theo are still a part of this story. But really the 2nd couple, Peter and Sean play little to no role in this book aside from a few references. Peter's father Paul plays a bigger role than Peter. Now the book itself.
This book is a romance between Marco and Aiden, but it is more about Aiden's inner self inflicted turmoil. Aiden is a really good guy making really bad choices and not seeking the help of the people who love him. So the angst meter is off the charts in this book. Not for the romance, but because of the lack of communication. I had a lot of eye rolling and wanting to throttle Aiden and say "just say it for god's sake!!" This continue until about the 80% mark and then when the secrets finally come out, it was very anti climatic for me.
The only saving grace is the romance with Marco; he is a great character and a joy in the book. His outlook on life, his relationship with his family and putting up with Aiden's crap, makes him the star of the book. On the other plus side, the narrator does a fabulous job. His voice for Marco was spot on complete with an Italian accent. And his narration of Aiden's inner voice and emotion was great. Overall worth a credit.
This would have been a 5 star read if it was longer. As it is, I really enjoyed it because I really connected with the MC. This is not a new story; spoiled rich brat gets sent to the country to be around the "salt of the earth" small town folk and transformation ensues. It's a classic and was done really well. So well I really hope there is a sequel with the same couple. I want to hear more of their story. The narrator is one of the best and delivers in this book as always. Not worth a credit only because of the length of the book, but perfect at under $5, which is what I paid.
This is the 1st installment in the Brac pack series; and holy crap there are 32 books in this series. As I have said in previous reviews, I grade Siren books on a 1 - 3 scale b/c they are very basic, formulaic stories that follow a set pattern. However, some storylines and characters are better than others and I did enjoy this particular first installment and will continue the series. You really have to suspend belief with Siren books and just listen to the story as a fairytale and not have any expectations of realism. It has lots of mm sex, instalove, mate in danger, must save mate, HEA. That is the story, don't expect more. Now the narrator for this series is a whole other matter. He did a really good job and really makes the listen more enjoyable than reading the book.
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